Saturday, 28 February 2015

ABS Feb Challenge

The Art Bead Scene challenge for February was a beautiful painting by Edward Detmold, so alive with movement as the poppies are caught by a breeze and the butterfly takes off from the petal. 

When I first saw this picture I had evisaged a floral focal bead in the style of Jacqueline Parkes with some red floral cane and some leaf cane.  Alas, my beadmaking skills fall short of my fantasy bead so I decided to go with the colour pallette for inspiration.  I should say at this point that the earrings bottom right aren't as blue in real life as they have come out in this photo.  I made some disc beads which I then etched to get the matte finish.

The bracelet has a large quantity of beads from Smitten beads.  The brass clasp was a gift from the lovely Linsey and the ivory spacer beads are some I made.

I made the ear wires using a tecnique I learnt from Cindy Wimmer's 'Links' book.  The pink and red beaded beads are my own using beads from Smitten and the disc beads are also my own.

If you would like to see what others have created pop over to the Art Bead Scene blog.

I wonder what the next challenge picture will be.  Speaking of challenges I have also taken part in the Smitten Beads charity auction which this time is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  More about that in my next post.


  1. Nice riff off the inspiration painting. I like your approach

  2. Gorgeous bracelet Yvette and thank you so much for the mention. Claire x :)